Ah, summer those wonderful months when the days are filled with sunshine, the nights with star-filled nights and our bellies with way too much food from the grill.
I'm sure all of us are looking forward to these next few months, for the somewhat more relaxed pace of life that comes with the hotter days. We might even be looking forward to getting away for a few days, or a few weeks. A vacation! Time to get away from work, time to spend more time with friends and family, time to recharge your batteries so you are better able to do the things required of you.
Did you know Jesus took a vacation (or at least tried to)? In the sixth chapter of Mark, Jesus says to his disciples, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” It didn't go too well, they got in a boat to go across to the other side of the lake, and by the time they got there a crowd had developed. Jesus got out of the boat and ministered to the people. His vacation had been very short-lived. There was simply too much to do.
The life of a community and a congregation often seems to be unending. Even though we may individually be taking time off here and there over the next few months, the life of the congregation continues to happen. This summer, we have several different events that we will be participating in.
First, the weekend of June 18-19 will be a busy one. On that Saturday we will be participating in Steubenville's Community Celebration with a booth downtown. During that afternoon John Diekmann will be offering tours of the church. Then, the next day we have our Parents and Pals dinner following worship. We will then be having our annual Hot dogs on the Lawn, July 21. Then on August 13, we will once again be serving a meal and providing a worship service at the Urban Mission. Lots of stuff going on, lots of opportunities for you to get involved in the communal life at Zion.
Take some time this summer to relax, sit on your porch and sip your sweet tea, but also remember that the work of the church never ends. The calling we have as disciples of Jesus to share and live out the good news doesn't take a vacation.
With the Greatest of Hope!